Frequently Asked Questions & Tips
How to measure your horse for a blanket.
Measure your horse from the middle of the chest to the middle of the tail (or once around the horse divided by 2). This measurement in inches corresponds to the blanket size. Some length adjustments can be made by tightening or loosening the front straps.
How “Horse Proof” are blankets?
No blanket can be made 100% “Horse Proof”. The horse’s environment, size and general behavior will determine the wear and tear put on blankets. Some sheets and coolers are made to be worn indoors or under human supervision only. Fabric, buckles and straps can break, which is sometimes desirable, if a horse should get caught on a protruding object.
We offer repair service for blankets. Please drop off your clean (washed and dried) blanket and we will fix it within a few days.
What is "Denier" all about?
Denier is a unit of measure to express the thickness of a thread in a fabric. A high number indicates a thicker thread and a stronger material. A low number indicates a finer fabric. Denier in horse blankets usually range from 420 to 1200. The ultimate strength of a fabric is also determined by the fabric resp. fiber used.
Fiberfill in Horse Blankets
The fill weight is measured in gram per square meter. Fiberfill provides insulation even when wet as it traps air and keeps the body heat inside the blanket. The higher the weight the warmer the blanket.
Ripstop increases the strength of a material by having Nylon thread running criss-cross through the fabric. This adds minimal weight. Even if a rip occurs it will only rip to the next 1/2 inch Nylon thread.
How to wash Blankets
For best results hand wash and hang dry. If washed in a machine, use luke warm or cold water and the gentlest wash cycle available. Avoid excessive washer or dryer heat. Always remove your leg straps before washing and ensure that any loose straps or surcingles on the blanket do not get caught in your washer.
How to Wash Saddle Pads:
- Specifically Pads with Natural Fibers or Sheep Skin
Brush off surplus dirt, loose hair and fur
Wash at recommended temperature... for products with wool, DO NOT USE A PROGRAM AT MORE THAN 40°
And use a NON-BIOLOGICAL washing liquid (the enzymes in a biological liquids break the wool protein down)
Only use washing liquids, as powders can remain in the wool
Do not use washing liquid directly on product
After washing, reshape and hang to dry naturally
Do not dry by means of direct heat and sunlight.
When dry, brush wool out using a brush (a dandy brush) or dog comb
Never use washing liquids with bleaching agents or proteases as these attack the wool fibres and can be harmful to your animal
Clippers & Blades:
Your clipper blades were oiled and aligned before leaving the factory; however, it is possible for blades to get bumped out of alignment. Blades must be realigned if they have been removed for cleaning or replacement.
If your clipper has a taper lever - position the taper lever in the close cut position.
End of top blade teeth should be approximately 1/32" (.64mm) back from bottom blade. This is important so that the clipper does not cut too close or allow the moving cutter to touch the skin.
Extreme left-hand tooth of top blade must be covering or to the left of the first small tooth of bottom blade.
Extreme right-hand tooth of top blade must be touching the big tooth on the bottom blade.
If blade alignment is incorrect, add a few drops of oil to the blades, turn clipper "ON" for a few moments, turn "OFF" and unplug. Loosen screws slightly and adjust. Tighten screws after blades are aligned.
The blades of your new clipper should be oiled every few haircuts. Simply place a few drops of oil on the teeth of the blades. Use only the Wahl oil included in the pack. Due to the high speed of your Wahl clipper, the correct type of oil must be used. Do not use hair oil, grease or any oil mixed with kerosene or any solvent, as the solvent will evaporate and leave the thick oil slowing down the blades. Wahl Clipper Oil is a very thin, natural oil which will not evaporate and will not slow down the blades.
Power Screw (not found on all models of Clippers)
If your clipper has a power screw, it has been adjusted for peak efficiency before leaving the factory. However, if voltage in your home is low, you may need to readjust it.
To adjust power, use the plastic brush, a screwdriver or a thin coin to turn power screw in a clockwise direction until the arm strikes the coil, making a noise. Then, slowly turn power screw out (counterclockwise), just until noise stops. This is the maximum power setting.
The cord should not be used to pull the clipper. Since freedom of movement needs to be maintained, care should be used to keep the cord untwisted and unobstructed. When stored, the cord should be coiled and the unit placed in original box or storage pouch.
Some clippers are equipped with an adjustable taper lever. The taper lever is conveniently located near your thumb (if you're right-handed), so it can easily be adjusted while the clipper is in your hand. The taper lever adds versatility to your clipper by allowing you to gradually change the closeness of your cut without a guide comb. When the lever is in the uppermost position, the blades will give you the closest cut and leave the hair very short. Pushing the lever downward gradually increases the cutting length. In its lowest position, the taper lever will leave the hair approximately the same length as the 1/8" guide comb.
The taper lever will also extend the use of your blades since a different cutting edge is used in each setting. In addition, if extremely heavy haircutting has jammed the blades, it will help you remove hair that has become wedged between the two blades without removing the blades. While the clipper is running, rapidly move the lever from "close cut" to "longer cut" a couple of times. Doing this each time you've finished using your clipper will help keep the blades clear of cut hair. If your clipper stops cutting and this does not help, your cutting blades may be dull. Either replace them or return them for sharpening.
Proof of Receipt for Mail Order Shipments:
We ship Canada Post or Purolator. Either carrier's delivery confirmation states that the package was received specifically but not limited to the case of the delivery request "leave at door if nobody is home" or similar location requests.
Shipping with signature option can be requested and will be used by North Stream under certain circumstances and can result in an up-charge according to carrier's fees.